In cooperation with
is pleased to announce
An international symposium on
Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Poverty and Wealth in the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Conference June 9-10, 2014
Fatih University, Istanbul Turkey
and Site Visits to sacred spaces in Turkey
June 11-15, 2014
At a time of this growing gap between rich and poor, how do Jews, Christians and Muslims view and interpret their sacred texts in reference to poverty and wealth throughout their religious history. We invite you to our second international symposium at which we seek to explore the role of Abrahamic religions in the dynamic relationship between wealth and poverty as it exists in individuals lives and in nations. Please submit your proposals for a presentation or panel, or as questions you hope to see this symposium should address. We encourage submissions from social scientists, historians as well as scholars in theology and religious studies in particular.
Some Foundational Questions
• How do the religious traditions apply their historic calls for justice to current conditions of wealth and poverty , both in societies in which they are influential and in which they are minorities?
• Are there important differences in the responses to these calls in societies that define themselves as secular, as opposed to those who espouse the centrality of one or more faith traditions?
• What roles can faith communities play in enhancing the expansion of economic justice?
• Do each of these religions have essentially different approaches to poverty and wealth? Is there any common ground between them that may be used as a foundation of understanding and action among them?
Below find links to pages describing more fully the important aspects of the Conference:Sacred Text Poster 2014.pdf
The conference is administered by the Peace Islands Institute, Nazareth College, Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey and Nazareth College, Center for International Education.
Institutional partners include: Dialogue Institute at Temple University, Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institutions, Department of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Religious Studies at Nazareth College,